Cars Then & Now

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1939 Lincoln Continental
Original Base Price: $1,325
The original Lincoln Continental was a one-off design based on the Lincoln Zephyr for Edsel Ford to drive on vacation in 1939. Interest in the car was high and the Continental went into production in 1939 — mostly cabriolets but a few coupes were also made. Over the years, the Continental name has served different roles, from the top trim level to a base model. In 1956 the Lincoln Continental Mark II launched Continental as a separate division. The Mark II was the most expensive car ever produced by Ford and only lasted for two years, when Continental merged back with Lincoln. Lincoln Continental models were produced from 1958 until the Continental was discontinued after the 2002 model year.

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